What will you get by voting YES?
Drivers benefit directly by voting YES:
• More transit equals fewer cars on our roads
• Drivers on some of the busiest roads will save 15 to 20 minutes per day
• New, seismically safe four-lane Pattullo Bridge
• 2,300 km of major road upgrades & improvements to intersections, signaling and lanes
Commuters benefit by voting YES:
• Two new light rail lines in Surrey and the Langleys
• Millennium Line extension to Arbutus and increased Skytrain capacity and frequency throughout the region
• Additional West Coast Express and Seabus service
• Bus service increase 25 per cent including service to new and growing communities
• 11 more frequent, reliable B-Line routes
• 80 per cent more Nightbus
• 30 per cent more HandyDART service
We know that TransLink is not perfect. That’s why we’re glad the terms of the funds are quite clear: revenues from the regional sales tax lift of 0.5% would only go towards the projects in the Mayors’ plan, and revenues and expenditures would be subject to independent annual audits and public reporting.
Why is this important to workers?
Working people are the backbone of our economy in Metro Vancouver, and we know you care deeply about our economic future. Voting Yes will make our economy more competitive by ensuring goods and people can move around our region safely and efficiently.
Voting Yes also means protecting our environment, improving air quality, cutting emissions and helping us meet the challenges of climate change.
Your union’s leaders, many other unions in the Lower Mainland, and the BC Federation of Labour have voted to join the historic coalition made up of students, trade union members, local business owners, environmental and faith groups, academics and more, all connected by a vision of accessible, reliable public transit for everyone. We support the plan laid out by the Mayors’ Council, and are urging you to vote Yes in the upcoming referendum. Voting No means years more of delays, while costs and congestion increases.
This referendum is our opportunity to solve the transit challenges we face right now, and plan for the future. We can’t afford to miss this chance to do the right thing for our communities, our economy and our environment. Please vote Yes in the upcoming referendum.
At $10.25/hr BC's minimum wage is one of the lowest in Canada. As the cost of living continues to go up, workers earning minimum wage cannot make ends meet.
B.C.'s minimum wage leaves full-time workers living below the poverty line.
The BC Federation of Labour, and the unions like COPE 378 that make it up, believe that work should lift you out of poverty. It's time for the B.C. government to increase the minimum wage so that nobody is left behind.
Help us fight for $15/hr. It's only fair!
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COPE 378 works closely with unions, labour groups, and Global Union Federations throughout the world. In an age of ever-increasing economic integration, global trade, transnational ownership and even the integration of governments and monetary systems, the needs and interests of COPE members are directly and indirectly intertwined with those of workers the world over.